Fall 2021 Semester Information: Health, Safety, Travel and More

The information outlined below is intended for new and returning students to prepare for arrival in Paris for the Fall 2021 semester. You will learn about the policies and guidelines that govern our return to campus, and read important information about travel and classes. If you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

(Last updated: August 20, 2021)

Overview

I. Fall 2021: To-Do List

This is a quick overview of the steps you must take before arriving on campus:

  1. Complete the pre-arrival checklist for new students or returning student checklist for returning students.
  2. Participate in the Virtual Pre-Orientation on AUP Engage for new students and incoming Fall 2021 students who studied remotely last semester.
  3. Ensure that you have the appropriate VISA (see details below).
  4. Make travel arrangements and secure all required documents (see details below).

You will not be allowed to access campus upon arrival if you have not filled out the AUP Covid vaccination webform. Please do so immediately. You must let us know your vaccination status, or request an exemption, or sign up for a free vaccination series provided by AUP to any student who has not yet been vaccinated and who would like to get their shots in Paris. 

 

II. Travel to France

Travel from outside the European Union has been restricted. The Ministry of the Interior frequently updates specific requirements for travel to France from different regions in the world. Please note that the color-coded classification system for countries and territories is subject to change. You can keep track of the classification system and travel restrictions here.

 

As of August 19, 2021:

For travel to France from a “Green List Country or Territory,” currently including European Union member states and the United States:

  • Travelers coming to France who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can show proof of vaccination by the Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson and Johnson vaccine can enter France without a COVID-19 test.
    • Proof of vaccination will only be accepted if it has been 7 days after the 2nd injection for the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca; or 28 days after the injection for Johnson and Johnson
  • Travelers coming to France who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 need to show a negative PCR or antigen test administered less than 72 hours before departure. For travelers from Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands, and Portugal, a negative PCR or antigen test administered less than 24 hours before departure is required.
  • All travelers need to bring with them the Statement of Honor stating they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. This form can be found on this page.
  • Travelers should bring with them proof of their housing in France.

For travel to France from an “Amber List Country or Territory”:

  • For travelers coming to France who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can show proof of vaccination by the Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson and Johnson vaccine (proof of vaccination will only be accepted if it has been 7 days after the 2nd injection for the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca; or 28 days after the injection for Johnson and Johnson):
    • There are no restrictions for entry to metropolitan France
    • Simply present proof of vaccination status and a Statement of Honor stating they do not display symptoms of COVID-19. This form can be found on this page
  • Travelers coming to France who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19:
    • Must bring with them a Travel Certificate to Metropolitan France indicating their “compelling reason” to travel to France. Students enrolled in higher education for the 2021-2022 school year are included on the list of compelling reasons.
    • Must bring with them a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test taken less than 48 hours prior to departure. Travelers from the United Kingdom must present a PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours prior to departure.
    • Must bring with them the Statement of Honor stating they do not have symptoms of COVID-19, that they will undertake a self-isolation for seven days, and that they will have a PCR test at the end of the isolation period.
  • Travelers should bring with them proof of their housing in France.

For travel to France from a “Red List Country or Territory”:

  • For travelers coming to France who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can show proof of vaccination by the Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson and Johnson vaccine (proof of vaccination will only be accepted if it has been 7 days after the 2nd injection for the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca; or 28 days after the injection for Johnson and Johnson):
    • There are no restrictions for entry to metropolitan France
    • Simply present proof of vaccination status and a Statement of Honor stating they do not display symptoms of COVID-19. This form can be found on this page
  • Travelers coming to France who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19:
    • Must bring with them a Travel Certificate to Metropolitan France indicating their “compelling reason” to travel to France. Students enrolled in higher education for the 2021-2022 school year are included on the list of compelling reasons.
    • Must bring with them a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours prior to departure
    • Must quarantine for ten days upon their arrival in France, provide proof of the address where they will be quarantining and allow access to control officers to the address
    • Must bring with them the Statement of Honor stating they do not have symptoms of COVID-19, that they will undertake a mandatory and enforced quarantine for ten days
  • Travelers should bring with them proof of their housing in France.

III. Sanitary pass/Pass sanitaire

The French government has put in place a “sanitary pass” allowing French people and travelers to store digital proof of vaccination or negative test results either in paper format or in the TousAntiCovid App. This is required for certain activities including going to a café, eating at a restaurant, visiting a museum, training in a sports facility, going to a movie theater, attending gatherings of more than 50 people, or taking a long-distance train or bus. The Pass Sanitaire is NOT required to complete your shopping, go to a pharmacy, see a doctor/a dentist, use local public transportation or attend classes in a university.

If you are from a country inside the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland or England & Wales, and if you have been vaccinated there, you should already have a digital EU Covid Certificate that is accepted throughout France. 

If you were vaccinated in a country that is not a member of the European Union and if you have received a vaccine that is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent (for over 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection, e.g. Johnson & Johnson, or 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines, e.g. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), then you must apply to receive the QR code that will serve as your Pass Sanitaire.

  • French Nationals currently living abroad and their immediate family, who are at least 18 years of age, may send the following documents by email in pdf, jpg, or png format:
    • Application form
    • Vaccine certificate
    • Copy of valid French passport or French identity card
    • Proof of foreign residency
    • For foreign spouses of French nationals: a copy of ID, proof of family relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certificate of Civil partnership, etc)

Email addresses are listed here in the table at the bottom of the page

  • The process for students from other countries will be confirmed shortly and details will be updated here.

If you have not been vaccinated, a temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours. All RT-PCR and antigen tests generate proof of testing as soon as the result has been entered by the healthcare professional, which can be immediately printed out and which is also available to the tested person by e-mail and SMS, where it can be accessed from a portal. You can then add it to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application

IV. Testing for Covid-19

All questions or concerns should be addressed to the AUP Health Office at healthataup.edu ().

 

Is Covid-19 testing available to anyone who requests it?

Yes, but people with symptoms and a prescription will be given priority.

What are the main symptoms of Covid-19?

Symptoms include fever, cough, chest pains, respiratory discomfort and a loss of the senses of taste and smell. You may request a test even if you are not experiencing any symptoms yet.

Are there different types of tests for Covid-19?

Yes. There are three that you should be aware of:

  1. RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) – This test tells you whether you currently have Covid-19. It's administered by taking a viral swab from the nose.
  2. Serological ELISA test (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) – This test tells you if you contracted Covid-19 in the past. It is a blood test that looks for antibodies. The rapid serological tests or TRODs can detect antibodies from one drop of blood in a few minutes.
  3. Antigen Testing (saliva tests) for rapid diagnosis in 30 minutes. Pharmacies and GPs have received supplies to perform the test themselves. Priority will be given to symptomatic cases.

Do I need a prescription to get a test?

No.

Where can I be tested?

There are currently two main ways to be tested in France:

How much will it cost?

  • RT-PCR testing: 43.89€.
  • Serological ELISA test: 12,15€ (9,45€ if a rapid test)
  • Anti Gen Test: 25.00€.

Am I still contagious if my Serological ELISA test is positive and I've developed antibodies?

Possibly. Having antibodies doesn't necessarily mean you can't transmit the virus or contract the virus again. Social distancing is still necessary. Please note that there is a 5% false-positive rate for serological tests. Serological tests can't replace a PCR test.

Sources: French Ministry of Solidarity and Health: (https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/soins-et-maladies/maladies/maladies-infectieuses/coronavirus/tout-savoir-sur-la-covid-19/article/se-faire-depister-lieux-et-conditions and https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/actualites/A15039)

V. Student Visa

You will only be permitted to enter France if you have the required student visa.

Incoming students must be in touch with their Admissions counselor regarding their student visa and can direct inquiries to admissionsataup.edu.

Returning students, including those who attended their first semester remotely, can direct questions to Student Immigration Services (sisataup.edu).

VI. Arrival in Paris

AIRPORT SHUTTLE FOR NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Who will have access to the airport shuttle?

New incoming students arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport on August 30th and 31st only (Please note that we cannot accommodate family members traveling with AUP students). The shuttle is operational from 9am to 3pm only and students who want to use it must sign up for the shuttle bus via the pre-arrival step in the checklist. The shuttle bus will drop students off at one of the residences used by AUP this semester. If students not housed by AUP wish to use the shuttle, they are welcome to do so and will need to establish, with the help of AUP representatives present at Charles de Gaulle airport, which residence is closest to their independent housing.

How can I register for the airport shuttle?

Students can register via the checklist’s pre-arrival step.

 

OTHER TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT FOR NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Students not using the AUP airport shuttle are advised to take an official licensed taxi from one of the designated taxi points outside each terminal exit.  The taxi fare from Charles de Gaulle airport to central Paris is between 53 – 58 euros depending on your destination.  Official information can be found here.

 

HOUSING

New undergraduate students in AUP housing will receive an email before arrival listing their address, residence name, roommate’s name (if applicable), and other important details. New and returning graduates as well as returning undergraduates should get in touch with the Residential Life Team immediately if they still need help to secure independent housing via the Housing Search Webform.

 

IMMIGRATION

Keep your boarding passes after your flight as AUP Student Immigration Services will need them during the process of confirming your student visa.

 

EMERGENCY CONTACTS
  • If you have problems with immigration at the airport, please call Marc Montheard at +33 6 19 28 43 89;
  • If you have difficulties locating the airport shuttle, please contact Yann Louis at +33 6 63 38 49 96;
  • If you need medical help, please contact International SOS at +33 1 55 63 36 35
  • For any other help, please contact the AUP hotline at +33 6 11 68 76 44

VII. Academic Life

Technical Requirements

You should come equipped with a working laptop. While we expect to be teaching face-to-face in classrooms on campus, many of your professors will be using technology to enhance your learning. We also need to be prepared for remote teaching if necessary, during which periods it would be essential that you have a laptop and reliable internet connection.

 

VIII. The Importance of Masks

  • Masks must be worn indoors in France and in select outdoor areas where indicated.
  • Masks should only be used by one person and should not be shared.
  • All masks should be changed if wet or visibly soiled; a wet mask should not be worn for an extended period of time.
  • Remove the mask without touching the front of the mask. Do not touch your eyes or mouth after the mask has been removed. Either discard the mask or place it in a sealable bag where it is kept until it can be washed and cleaned. Wash your hands immediately after handling a mask.
  • In January 2021, the Haut conseil de santé publique recommended wearing masks that filter at least 90% of 3-micron particles. This new measure, along with social distancing and personal protective measures, aims to improve prevention with regard to the different Covid-19 variants deemed to be more contagious.
    • In France, fabric masks conforming to this requirement are called Category 1 fabric masks made according to AFNOR Spec S76-001 and filter at least 90% of these particles and are therefore recommended. Depending on model, the degree of protection they provide is close to, or even better than, the protection provided by surgical masks. Home-made category 2 masks are therefore not recommended from now on.  Surgical masks also fall into this category
  • Non-medical masks should be washed frequently and handled carefully, so as not to contaminate other items. If the layers of fabrics look noticeably worn out, discard the mask.
  • Check the mask’s material for the highest permitted washing temperature. If instructions for washing are indicated on the clothing label, verify that you can wash the mask in hot water. Wash at 60°C with soap or laundry detergent.
    • Non-woven polypropylene (PP) spunbond fabrics may be washed at high temperatures, up to 125°C. Natural fibers may resist high temperature washes and ironing. Wash the mask carefully (without too much friction, stretching or wringing).
    • The combination of non-woven PP spunbond and cotton can tolerate high temperatures; masks made of this material may be steamed or boiled.
  • Where hot water is not available, wash the mask with soap or detergent at room temperature, then either boil the mask for one minute or soak it in 0.1% chlorine solution for one minute then thoroughly rinse the mask with room temperature water to remove any residual chlorine.
SOURCE : HTTPS://WWW.AFNOR.ORG/EN/FAQ-BARRIER-MASKS/

IX. Cultural Program

All Cultural Program activities are designed with the latest Covid-19 travel and safety recommendations in mind. Please refer to the Cultural Program page on AUP Engage and the Cultural Program webpages for the latest updates.

X. Health and Safety Policies

Commitment to Shared Responsibility for Health and Safety 

The American University of Paris is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for students, faculty and staff when our buildings reopen. To that end, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the French government as regards a return to university campuses in the context of Covid-19. To protect our community, we are calling upon all members of the AUP community, including students, to share in the responsibility of drawing a protective circle around our campus and the University community itself by being attentive—in both our personal and professional behaviors—to public health recommendations, University policies, your own symptoms and those of your friends and families, as well as your masking and social distancing behavior both on campus and off.

We fully expect the unexpected this Fall and intend to follow all French government recommendations for health and safety, as well as further confinement (and return once again to full remote learning) should that be required. In many instances, AUP policies are stricter than government policies, although they remain in alignment with those that have been published to date. We are currently in a fluid, changing situation requiring open communication amongst all members of our community. Respect on the part of all for the difficulty of the conditions we are navigating should determine our relations with one another during this challenging period. 

We have developed the following expectations and support systems for students as we look to the Fall 2021 Semester. Our policies will necessarily continue to evolve as the situation on the ground changes, and French government guidelines are issued. Our intention is to offer the Fall 2021 as planned with in-person learning the norm. Consult our academic calendar here for the dates of Fall 2021 Semester.

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY 

During the Welcome Session at Orientation, all new students will receive training on the security protocol put in place to protect our community. Attendance at this important online session is mandatory.

 

STUDENT HEALTH: SCREENING AND TESTING 
  • A student who feels ill should not come to school, nor will any student with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms be allowed to remain on campus. Students who experience symptoms of Covid-19—notably fever and a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea—should notify the AUP Health Office (Monday through Friday during working hours), or use our International SOS app (available, 24/7) which can make an appointment for them with one of our referral doctors. In France, Covid-19 testing and tracing are initiated through the médecin traitant system; health providers will track symptoms and report to public health. AUP has a doctor on campus two half-days a week who will be available to see students, assess their health situation, and recommend testing if necessary.   
  • Students are covered by our International SOS contract and will receive instructions on how to install the app during Orientation. Students may access the app at any moment of the day or night, during the school semester or when on vacation or traveling, to receive help with a suspected Covid-19 diagnosis or any other health concern. The medical personnel answering the phone will help you determine whether you need emergency support (an ambulance to take you to a hospital emergency room) or whether you should see a doctor at the earliest possible moment. The team can make appointments, arrange services, and also advise on isolating or quarantining. It liaises with the AUP Student Health Office.
  • Students who are identified as having come in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, will be required to self-isolate (even without symptoms), following their classes remotely during the interim from home.  AUP’s Health Office will support any students who find themselves in this situation;  we will have special accommodations available for students who have to isolate or quarantine. 
  • We recommend that all students download the Tous Anti-Covid app developed by the French government which—without violating strict European privacy laws—can notify you if your phone indicates you may have been exposed to the virus.    
  • If a student contracts Covid-19, he or she will be followed by French public health authorities and will not return to campus until cleared by his or her health care provider or Assurances Maladie (the French national health system within which teams manage tracing, isolating, testing and thereby containment of outbreaks). Any student who falls ill will also be followed by AUP’s Health Office. Before returning to school, students will require a negative Covid test. Their ID card will be deactivated for as long as the test shows positive. 

 

POLICIES GOVERNING CLASSROOMS, MEETINGS, AND STUDENT LIFE ON CAMPUS 

AUP students will be expected to follow all French government health recommendations for the practice of barrier methods that inhibit transmission of Covid-19:  social distancing, frequent hand washing, regular use of sanitizing gel and wipes, use of disposable tissues, and covering the mouth and nose in the event of coughing or sneezing. 

  • Masks will be required for everyone present on campus, including students, faculty, staff, and the occasional visitor or guest lecturer. Masks must cover the nose and mouth, and it is recommended that masks fit snugly under the chin and have two layers. AUP will provide one re-usable mask per student at Orientation, and will expect beyond that first issue that students will have their own masks. Emergency supplies of disposable masks will be maintained in all buildings in case of need at the reception desk. Masks must be worn everywhere on campus and at all times. 
  • The use of masks in classrooms and offices is guided by French law. Masks must also be worn in bathrooms to protect against aerosol dispersion of the virus. It is also recommended that the toilet lid be closed before flushing. Hand sanitizer is supplied in dispensers at the entrances to buildings, in all classrooms, and in offices that receive visitors. 
  • An Open Door policy prevails throughout the campus. If confidentiality requires that an office door be closed when a faculty member or staff member is meeting with a student, only the owner of the office should touch the inside door handle (to close and open the door). In classrooms, where doors will likely need to be closed because of noise, the professor should be the person opening and closing the door. 
  • Large group events involving outside audiences will not take place on campus and events of over 25 people on campus will need to adhere to all safety protocols and will require approval of the arrangements in advance. Student-organized events will require approval in advance from Student Leadership.  
  • Staff responsible for University security (including members of the Leadership Team, the Director of Human Resources, and Phil von Eiff and members of his team) will have the authority to refuse access to buildings or spaces to anyone who refuses to comply with AUP’s health policies.  
  • The University will ensure the cleaning of common areas twice daily, with special attention to doorknobs and railings, elevators and stairwells, and other commonly used areas. 
  • Faculty, staff and students should open windows as often as possible, or leave them open if outside noise does not impede the work being accomplished in the classroom.  
  • Fans must not be used when more than one person is present in the room. 
  • Physical distancing must be observed to the greatest extent possible, even with the use of masks. The general French guideline for distancing with masks is 1 meter between persons. 
  • All face-to-face meetings—Student Senate meetings, club meetings, advising meetings, and even one-on-one meetings with faculty if they cannot be properly socially distanced—should be replaced by video calls to the maximum extent possible.